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    Default Gallery App Location Wrong

    When I use the Galaxy S5 Gallery to view photos taken with the S5 the location data is always way off - maybe 400 or 500 metres.
    If I use some other image viewer such as QuickPic or Gallery KK for the same pictures the reported location is accurate. If I copy the pictures to my PC and view them in Picasa or Lightroom the reported location is also accurate.
    So why is the Samsung supplied Gallery app so wrong? (I know I could just ignore it and use an alternative app, but its other features are useful to me).
    Incidentally, the recent Gallery update if anything made matters worse.
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    Default Re: Gallery App Location Wrong

    If no one has any ideas, could someone please check, using the S5's Gallery app, if the locations reported are correct in their case? Many thanks.
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    Default Re: Gallery App Location Wrong

    I'm spot on using the Gallery. Try looking at your GPS settings. I use high accuracy and all seems fine.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using AC Forums mobile app
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    Thanks for that. Interesting...

    The GPS settings are right. If I open the photos with any other viewing app - QuickPic, Google Photos, Gallery KK, etc. - the location displayed is spot on. If I copy photos from the phone to my PC and open them in Picasa or Lightroom the location is correct. It's only Samsung's Gallery that is wrong, and it is wrong even with photos not taken with my S5 - those of my wife's iPhone 5s if copied over and opened in Gallery are inaccurate to the same extent.

    I've tried deleting Gallerys' data and cache, stopping and restarting it and so on. All to no avail.

    Since hardware can be eliminated, it must be my copy of the app that is wrong. Perhaps it is corrupt and needs uninstalling and then reinstalling. The trouble is I don't know how to delete (uninstall) an app like this that is supplied ready-installed. I thought it could only be done if the phone was rooted, which mine isn't.

    Any ideas?
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    Default Re: Gallery App Location Wrong

    You can remove all updates and then let them re-install again.

    Go to app manager:

    Clear Cache
    Clear Data
    Remove all updates
    Force close
    Re-start the device
    Update app

    That should help.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using AC Forums mobile app
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    Default Re: Gallery App Location Wrong

    Thank you. Alas, no "remove all updates" option. I did reset the entire device and then spent a happy hour or two reinstalling everything. But, guess what, it's still the same!
    Typically, how accurate are your 'locations' as provided by Gallery? How many metres? Mine are so inaccurate as to be useless.

    What to do, I wonder...
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    Default Re: Gallery App Location Wrong

    Mine are less than 50 feet. One thing I do use is "high accuracy" for the GPS. It's a bit of a strain on the battery but it is very accurate.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using AC Forums mobile app
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    Default Re: Gallery App Location Wrong

    It's not the GPS accuracy, it's the Gallery accuracy.
    Once the photo has been taken the co-ordinates are stored in the image's EXIF metadata. You could then turn off GPS completely but still be able to see where the shot was taken. Unless you manually edit its metadata the co-ordinates recorded at the time of the shot never change.
    The co-ordinates taken by my GS5's camera are spot on and any other program opening photos taken on my GS5 can pinpoint where it was taken accurately - certainly to within the 50 feet you mention. Only the Gallery app (or my copy of it) can't seem to read the co-ordinates and then figure out what they mean, at least not to within 500 yards.
    The way it's going I can see I'll have to root the phone, rip out my copy of Gallery, and beg, borrow or steal someone else's (working) copy.
    Any offers?
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    My US Cellular Galaxy s4 is doing the exact same thing. GPS is spot on in Maps, photos have correct location when downloaded, but are all off the mark in the Gallery app. Did you ever find a solution???


    Thanks
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    Default Re: Gallery App Location Wrong

    No, I never got it sorted. As a matter of fact I have a long thread currently running with Samsung support (UK), who seem to be being deliberately obtuse about it.

    I had hoped that my experience was a one-off and that I had a corrupt app file, but if you have the problem too, it seems not.
    I simply don't understand it: the photo app developers must surely be working off the same API, and every other photo app I've tried gets the address of the location to within 10 yards. The preloaded Samsung Gallery app is way out - over 500 yards - even though the recorded co-ordinates are accurate and, of course, all other apps can open the same photos and get it right.

    I wish I had more feedback from other GS5 users. I mean, why has there not been more complaints?

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